Quotes by Buckminster Fuller

Why free energy has not "emerged"

My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted.

Release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday

It is essential to release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday, which seem now to bind it to a rationale of action leading only to extinction.

What is taught as obvious and what is truth?

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.

Buckminster Fuller's view on the educational process vs. intuition

What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities.

Spaceship Earth MUST be perceived as a whole spaceship and us with a common fate. everybody OR nobody.

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

Architects of the future - not its victims

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

On how to be optimally effective

"Observation of my life to date shows that the larger the number for whom I work, the more positively effective I become. Thus, it is obvious that if I work always and only for all humanity, I will be optimally effective."

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

The metaphysical

The metaphysical embraces all the weightless experiences of thought, including all the mathematics and the organization of data regarding all the physical experiments, science itself being metaphysical.

What would I do?

"If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do...How would I be? What would I do?"

Choice between killingry and livingry

"Humanity has the option to become successful on our planet if we reorient world production away from weaponry - from killingry to livingry. Can we convince humanity in time?"

And the Earthian passengers who know about it, are doing nothing about it.

A vast overabundance of this Earthian cosmic energy income is now technically impoundable and distributable to humanity by presently proven technology. We are not allowed to enjoy this primarily because taxhungry government bureaucracies and moneydrunk big business can't figure a way of putting meters between these cosmic energy sources and the Earthian passengers, so nothing is done about it.

You must choose between making money and making sense

"You must choose between making money and making sense. The two are mutually exclusive."
in 1983

Man is designed to be a success just like the hydrogen atom is designed to be a success

"What are the resources? What are the tasks necessary to make 100% of humanity a success? How can we ever do so without ever advantaging one human at the expense of another? How may we render all the world and all its treasures enjoyable available to all men without having one interfering with or trespassing upon the other? How may we reform the environment so that the integrity of all society is not violated by the free initiatives of the individual nor the integrity of the individual violated by the developing welfaring advantage and happiness of the many? Man is born a potentially complete success. The reasons humanity loves its children is that they start off in such perfection of potential. Man, as designed, is obviously intended to be a success just as the hydrogen atom is intended to be a success. It is only the fabulous ignorance of man and his long and wrongly conditioned reflexes that he continually allowed the new life to be impaired albeit lovingly and unwittingly".
NASA Speech

Opt for integrity

"If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference."

(He embarked on a search)

(He embarked on a search...) "the search for the principles governing the universe and help advance the evolution of humanity in accordance with them... finding ways of doing more with less to the end that all people everywhere can have more and more"
(someone else) on Buckminster Fuller

The motivating factor

"I was motivated in 1927 and ever since by the most mysterious drive we ever experience -- that of love. I don't think there's any influence upon my life that compares with... love."

What is near extinction?

Racism, pollution and the rest of it are themselves very close to extinction.

Better designers than God?

Humans who think they are better designers than God are the most to be pitied of liars - the liars who are believingly convinced by their own only-self-conveniencing fabrications.

Overspecialization leads to extinction

We have learned in biology and anthropology that extinction has been the consequence of overspecialization and our specialization is leading to extinction of the species. The only thing humans need is the ability to think. Unfortunately they think mostly about how to make a living and get along in the system rather than about what the universe is trying to tell us.

There is something patently insane about...

There is something patently insane about all the typewriters sleeping with all the beautiful plumbing in the beautiful office buildings and all the people sleeping in the slums.

...specialization precludes comprehensive thinking....

Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.

Think of it.

Think of it. ... We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all, to feed everybody, clothe everybody, give every human on Earth a chance. We dwell instead on petty things. We kill each other. We build monuments to ourselves. What a waste of time. Think of it. What a chance we have...